Eriez Model CFP Metal Separators remove metal particles, improve purity

March 30, 2012

Eriez® Model CFP Metal Separators are designed for installation above the material feed throat of extruders, injection molding or blow molding machines to remove the smallest impurities from plastic regrind and virgin materials. These separators offer high sensitivity to all metal types and a compact design. As the use of plastic regrind increases, so does …

Tri Vantage releases update to Awning Composer 5

March 29, 2012

New features provide versatility as sales tool Tri Vantage®, a distributor serving awning, marine and furniture markets, has released an update to Awning Composer™ 5, adding features that make it easier for awning fabricators to create custom-branded presentations that illustrate proposed awnings for homes and buildings. “Based on feedback from Awning Composer users, this update …

TenCate Grass announces heat reflective technology in XP Blade

March 28, 2012

TenCate Grass, the leader in components for synthetic turf systems, will make heat-reflective (HR) performance standard on all TenCate XP Blade™ produced for the U.S. market. TenCate XP Blade™ now offers heat reduction on warm, sunny days. The decision to provide HR as a standard feature of TenCate XP Blade™ was made in response to …

Teijin will open Teijin Composites Application Center

March 27, 2012

Teijin Limited announced the April 1 opening of the Teijin Composites Application Center (TCAC) in Auburn Hills, Mich., a technical center to develop automotive and other industrial applications of carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) composite products. The TCAC is part of Teijin Advanced Composites America Inc. (TACA), a company Teijin established in December 2011 to …

To exhibit or not to exhibit-that should not be a question

March 26, 2012

Getting into a trade show is easy. Attracting customers is tough. Learn the tricks of the trade show. Exhibiting at international expos and trade shows is an excellent opportunity to expand your business. Often, however, hundreds of other vendors surround you, trying to advance their products. You need an edge that will make your company …

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Arlon announces the addition of Stephanie Gagnon as logistics manager

Arlon announces the addition of Stephanie Gagnon as logistics manager. In this role, Stephanie will be responsible for managing Arlon’s logistics program for finished goods as well as leading freight vendor relations and Arlon’s outside warehouse management. Prior to joining Arlon, Stephanie served as ocean-export manager at a local freight forwarding company based in Los …

Oeko-Tex Sustainability Award

March 23, 2012

In the framework of the “Oeko®-Tex Sustainability Award,” the international Oeko-Tex society will present awards in 2013, for the first time, to businesses who have achieved outstanding performances and innovations in the area of sustainability. All manufacturers and dealers worldwide who are certified according to Oeko-Tex standard 100, 1000 or 100plus may apply—more than 10,000 …

Canwil warehouse supports increased demand

March 22, 2012

Canwil Textiles stocks and sells a variety of yarn, industrial fabric, fabric for apparel, made-up and finished products to an ever-increasing number of customers. In January 2012, the company moved into a new office and spacious warehouse in Auburn, Ga., to expand its product line and ensure that customers would receive products without delays. Among …

Bedding, upholstered furniture makers bracing for foam price hikes

March 21, 2012

Bedding and upholstered furniture manufacturers say they are bracing for foam price hikes that are expected to hit double digits. “With significant price increases, products would need to be de-speced or bedding prices would go up,” said Therapedic president Gerry Borreggine. He also said the timing would be “most inopportune” for his group, which just …

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Arlon promotes Ken Huggins to Customer Service Assistant Manager

Ken Huggins is now responsible for managing and overseeing the daily operations of Arlon’s call center, customer satisfaction, claims resolution and key account management. Prior to this role, Ken held the position of Customer Service Lead, managing all the operational activities of the Arlon Flex Division. “Ken brings a strong and solid customer service and …

Fisher Textiles opens distribution center in Canada

March 20, 2012

N.C.-based fabric supplier Fisher Textiles is expanding into Canada with a new distribution center that will stock many of the company’s most popular fabrics for digital printing. Benefits to Canadian customers will include faster delivery time, decreased shipping costs, same-day shipping and the ability to request styles to be stocked. Fisher is also partnering with …

Fiberweb hygiene business purchased

March 19, 2012

Specialty nonwovens manufacturer Fiberweb PLC, London, England, will sell the company’s hygiene business to Petropar S.A., Porto Alegre, Brazil, for $286 million. Fiberweb and Petropar are 50/50 joint partners in a joint venture, FitesaFiberweb, that produces spunmelt fabrics for hygiene applications in Brazil, Mexico and the U.S. Petropar is assuming 100 percent of the joint …

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Fisher Textiles to exhibit at the International Sign Expo March 22-24

Fisher Textiles, a supplier of fabrics for digital printing, will feature new fabrics and print demonstrations at the International Sign Expo in Orlando, Fla. March 22–24. The company will have an HP LX850 Latex printer within the booth running print demonstrations on Fisher’s fabric. Fisher will be collecting PET bottles in a recycling bin with …

Silicone water-repellency offers softness in outerwear and activewear

March 16, 2012

Dow Corning® DWR-7000 Soft Hydro Guard is a silicon-based technology emulsion that provides water repellency and imparts softness to most textile substrates, particularly cellulosic and blends. The water repellency has shown to be durable after 30 home laundry washes. “Leading brand apparel companies are looking for innovative water repellency technologies that can provide eco-friendly solutions …

U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement enters into force March 15, 2012

March 15, 2012

The Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA) has updated its Korea FTA website to reflect the date of entry into force, and to include other information that could be of assistance to U.S. importers and exporters of textiles, apparel, footwear, and travel goods. The textile and apparel chapter of the Agreement requires that both parties …

Renowned U.S. Army scientist will speak at International Textile Conference

Dr. James Zheng, a decorated U.S. Army scientist who specializes in the invention and development of protective gear and “next generation” body armor for U.S. Army soldiers in combat, will discuss the future of combat textiles on March 22, 2012, at the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists’ (AATCC) 2012 International Conference. The annual …

Partnership expands performance sock line

March 14, 2012

Outlast Technologies is continuing its partnership with Wigwam to expand its performance sock line with Outlast® technology. The latest snow styles include the Outlast® Snow Carnival, Outlast® Snow Blur and Kids Outlast® Snow Hyper. Socks with Outlast® technology interact with the microclimate next to feet to buffer changes in temperature and humidity. “Wigwam focuses on …

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Sawgrass Industrial presents pigment ink for outdoor signage at ISA Sign Expo 2012

Sawgrass Industrial, the wide format division of digital printing company Sawgrass Technologies, will present its M pigment ink technology for outdoor signage applications at the ISA International Sign Expo 2012 in Orlando, Fla. March 22–24, 2012. Sawgrass M pigment ink on polyester offers customers a green alternative for printed banners and signage. M pigment ink …

Cooley contributes to Fraunhofer CSE’s building technology

March 13, 2012

Cooley contributes to Fraunhofer CSE’s building technology Cooley highlights importance of advanced technologies in commercial building retrofits Cooley Group announced the contribution of its proprietary energy efficient C3® roofing product to the Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE) Building Technology Showcase. Located in the City of Boston’s Innovation District, the CSE Showcase is a …

Teijin supports recovery efforts in Tohoku Disaster Area

March 12, 2012

Teijin supports recovery efforts in Tohoku Disaster Area The Teijin Group will donate wastewater treatment systems and energy-efficient polyester curtains as part of its participation in the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology’s (AIST) Smart Life Care Consortium. The consortium is a business-collaboration program in the Kesennuma–Kizuna (“strong bond”) project. The project began …

Innovative yarn for sport and leisure wear

March 9, 2012

Working in partnership with Zwickauer Kammgarn GmbH and Helmut Peterseim Strickwaren GmbH in Mühlhausen, researchers at the Hohenstein Institute in Bönnigheim have developed an innovative new yarn for knitted textiles. The hybrid yarn HP2G and combines the benefits of synthetic fibres with those of wool fibres. This combination guarantees thermal insulation and efficient wicking and …

Glen Raven Custom Fabrics announces NSF/ANSI 336 compliance

March 8, 2012

Glen Raven Custom Fabrics announced that two of its new Sunbrella® Contract fabrics—a filling-face twill and plain-weave canvas—have attained Silver level compliance with the National Science Foundation/American National Standards Institute (NSF/ANSI) 336-2011 Sustainable Assessment for Commercial Furnishings Fabrics. The company is the first to declare compliance under the standard, which was adopted by the Association …

CORDURA classic fabric remains choice for Manhattan Portage bags

March 7, 2012

INVISTA’s CORDURA® brand fabric remains a key ingredient in the drawstring flap style 1219 Dakota Backpack from Manhattan Portage. Featuring 1000D CORDURA® Classic fabric and signature Manhattan Portage design, the backpack provides stylish practicality from everyday wear to weekend or day trips. The 1219 Dakota backpack features a main compartment with a drawstring closure flap …

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3M Commercial Graphics 2012 Graphic Installation training sessions

3M Commercial Graphics 2012 Graphic Installation training sessions 3M Commercial Graphics announces the 2012 schedule of its training, testing and accreditation process for installers. Aimed at providing graphic professionals with the training to take their skills to the next level, 3M Commercial Graphics offers opportunities for companies to gain recognition through the 3M Certified Graphics …

Teijin’s Nanofront high-strength polyester used in gloves

March 5, 2012

Nanofiber provides excellent slip-resistance and comfort in bicycle and motorcycle gloves Teijin Fibers Limited, the core company of the Teijin Group’s polyester fibers business, announced that it is supplying Nanofront high-strength polyester nanofiber for use in the palms of bicycle and motorcycle gloves made by Goldwin Inc., a major sport apparel maker in Japan. This …

Rapid demand growth is driving investment in nonwovens

March 2, 2012

Rapid growth in demand in emerging markets is driving investment in nonwovens, according to a report in the latest issue of Technical Textile Markets from the business information company Textiles Intelligence. Several nonwovens roll goods producers are building, or have recently built, new facilities and new lines with the aim of targeting growing demand in …

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EFI acquires Cretaprint, explores tile printing market

March 1, 2012

EFI acquired Cretaprint, a developer of inkjet printers for ceramic tile printing. EFI plans to strengthen Cretaprint’s operations in Spain, further its expertise within the tile industry, and increase market presence. The acquisition comes as industry analysts project rapid growth in ceramic tile inkjet printing. A Specialty Graphic Imaging Association membership survey found more than …

New software calculates thread demand

Manufacturers lose money if they tie up working capital in raw materials, and a new software module provides a scientific and consistent mathematic solution for accurate measurement of thread demand. Amann & Söhne GmbH & Co. KG, Bönnigheim, Germany, a thread manufacturer, has joined forces with GSD Ltd., Preston, England, a costing and productivity consultant, …

Premier pigment ink

Sawgrass Industrial has launched M-XTR ink for extreme digital textile print production, designed specifically to handle the extreme speed of today’s next- generation inkjet printers. Formulated with patented RMI™ Technology, , the new inks make it possible to run at higher inkjet nozzle firing rates, and also resulting in sharper images with greater color fidelity. …

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Mutoh celebrates 60th anniversary

Mutoh celebrates its 60th year of business in 2012. The company, founded in Tokyo, Japan, originally manufactured and distributed mechanical drafting products. It pioneered CAD plotters in the 1980s and has since become a leading manufacturer of wide-format printers on a global scale. In recent company news, Mutoh America Inc. expanded from its corporate office …

California law requires transparency in supply

In an unprecedented effort to eradicate slavery and human trafficking from the supply chain used by large retailers and manufacturers doing business in California, the state passed the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010, which went into effect Jan. 1, 2012. Apparel and footwear retailers and manufacturers with annual gross receipts of more …

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Fabric provides year-round solar control

Combining the performance of a traditional SheerWeave® fabric plus the highly reflective properties of a metallized coating, SheerWeave Performance+ helps to keep rooms cool and comfortable in the summer, reducing glare; and warmer during the winter months, with a low-E metallized coating that reduces radiant heat flow toward the windows. Available in SheerWeave styles 2390, …

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World of discovery, world of fabric

North Carolina’s new science exhibit encourages learning with colorful fabric signage. By Bruce N. Wright A new exhibit at the Charlotte, N.C.-based Discovery Place science museum called “World Alive” celebrates the incredible biodiversity of earth. Key to helping visitors navigate their way through the exhibit’s hands-on labs and galleries is a series of overhead ribbons …

Global demand rising for technical textiles

As new applications and markets are discovered for technical textiles, growth in the industry is likely to be strong—5 percent per year, according to the latest issue of Technical Textile Markets from publisher Textiles Intelligence, Rockville, Md. The automotive, construction, environment, energy and medical sectors may see the most growth in technical textile demand. In …

Safety signals

Safety Integrity Level (SIL) audible and visual signaling devices are specifically designed to conform to SIL1 and SIL 2 safety requirements. They utilize self-monitoring circuitry and fault-indicating contact closures to warn of failure or initiate shutdown/lockout of machinery until corrective action can be taken. The signaling solutions from Pfannenberg are a safe choice for applications …

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Wrap it black: automobile wrap involves science and fanfare

By Mara Whitten The project. Scion needed a promo car to display at its Scionify Southwest event, which brought together musicians, visual artists, designers, event producers and artists. The companies. The car brand turned to the California-based Flavor Group to design the overlay artwork that would appear on the car. Next, Scion drafted Soapoint out …

Exhibit represents powerful merger

[Pink Powered by Moss] New York, N.Y., U.S.A. The PowerStation was designed and built for two events to show the “power” of the newly merged Pink Inc. and Moss Inc. One large focal point encompasses the space, suggesting that the parent company is the source of newly infused power. The large structure is decorated with …

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Biodegradable laminates

Drytac® Interlam Bio laminates consist of a certified biodegradable laminating film with an aqueous (water-based) adhesive. Both BioGloss and BioMatt are derived from wood pulp, a sustainable and biodegradable resource, and both break down easily in the recycling process for more eco-friendly options for laminated graphics. Recommended for applications in which a fully biodegradable laminate …

AATCC honors Dr. Martin Bide with Olney Medal

Established in 1944 in honor of Louis Atwell Olney, the founder and first president of American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists, the Olney Medal recognizes outstanding achievement in textile or polymer chemistry or other fields of chemistry of major importance to textile science. The award consists of a gold medal, a scroll and an …

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Printed materials create dynamic exhibit

[Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures Inc.] St. Louis, Mo., U.S.A. To create an eye catching, show-stopping exhibit for the International Baking Industry Exposition, Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures used a variety of materials. The frame-supported tensioned structure combined printed, unprinted and backlit, stretch and non-stretch fabric with impressive metal structures. These materials went together to …

Fabric collection produced with DIOLEN® SAFE yarns

Austria-based Backhausen interior textiles GmbH, a major supplier of high-quality fabrics for private and contract use, has introduced its new modern JAZZ fabric collection, produced using only DIOLEN SAFE yarns from FR Safety Yarns. The inherently flame retardant polyester yarns have been improved with embedded optimized polymer and offer exceptional color luminance and light fastness, …

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Quality vs. price: building bigger pies in business

By Pat Hayes, CPP During a recent management meeting, our vice president of marketing presented a global business plan. In the process, he did an analysis of our competition over the past 10 years. It was interesting to note the companies that fell by the wayside. I would say the majority failed due to tough …

Flexible fabrics and optimal health

Dr. Kari Boudreau’s eclectic chiropractic practice melds athletic training, yoga, education and massage therapies with more traditional treatments for headaches, whiplash, running-related injuries, stress and neck pain. Working with architect Ali Heshmati, Boudreau recreated a former warehouse space as an “environment for optimal health”: Ambiénte Gallerie in Minneapolis, Minn., with airy and practical fabric rooms. …

Modular, sustainable exhibit constructed almost entirely of fabric

[Transformit] Gorham, Maine, U.S.A Tranformit constructed a 6,000-square-foot exhibit almost entirely of fabric elements for their client, North Face, containing a theater, several meeting spaces, a technical room and six product display areas; only the product merchandising elements are not made from fabric. With a carbon footprint approximately one-third of traditional construction, the client’s desire …

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Future markets for digital textile printing

Future markets for digital printing on fabrics will rely on new applications and new technology. By Barb Ernster The market for digital printed fabric graphics continues to grow, responding to creative ideas for new applications, economic factors that demand affordable options, environmental concerns that push the industry in new directions and new technology and equipment …

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Inflatable events on the LaM

The Lille Métropole Museum of Modern, Contemporary and Outsider Art (LaM) in Lille, France, celebrated its grand re-opening after five years of renovation in a diaphanous inflatable textile structure merged with the surrounding buildings and museum. The LaM commissioned 2hD Architects of Nottingham, England, to create a temporary art space for week-long public receptions, press …

Creating the future of textiles

Empowering people to drive change and innovation is at the heart of our industry’s growth. By Bud Weisbart, IFM What are the most exciting or intriguing developments in the industry in advanced textiles? To me, this boils down to people. The most exciting and intriguing developments lie within our industry members’ abilities to seek out …

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Compete in the sign market

Companies in the banner and signage industry adapt to compete in the prevailing busines climate. By Janice Kleinschmidt In Jack’s time (the early 1800s), jumping over a candlestick without extinguishing the flame presaged good fortune. In Neil Baker’s time (the early 2000s), a more reliable way of securing good fortune is to shift gears. “We …

Company seeks creative buyers to repurpose byproducts

The repurposedMATERIALS Inc. company in Denver, Co., launched its business by taking waste products (the first was billboard vinyl being landfilled) and using them for new products (tarps manufactured from the vinyl). Now, repurposedMATERIALS seeks both reusable byproducts and creative buyers who know how to turn those disposables into gold. The company also provides a …

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Bryan Loane keeps his 197-year-old business focused and flexible

Bryan Loane grows his family’s company by planning ahead and thinking on his feet. By Sigrid Tornquist “We’re unusual because we’re probably the oldest tent company in the country,” says Bryan Loane, president of Loane Brothers Inc. in Baltimore, Md. “A lot of people feel that’s really important and in a way it is—but on …